Entry Requirements

Teachers inspire and lead young people…. their role is vital, unique and far-reaching”. (General Teaching Council (England) Statement of Values: July 2006)


We are looking for high calibre candidates who are keen to train on a school-centred programme, rather than via a traditional university route, working closely with one another and with their tutors and mentors. Our approach to initial teacher education aims to be as personalised as possible, taking into account any relevant prior experience and promoting reflective learning from the start of the course. We currently offer places for 31 people, so being part of the group is an important aspect of the training.


WPSC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service 


Minimum entry requirements are:


A standard equivalent to a grade C in GCSE Mathematics, English Language, and Science

A first degreeof a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification

A pass in both the Literacy and Numeracy Professional Skills Tests

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and health checking processes identifying no concerns about suitability to teach


GCSE in Mathematics, English Language, and Science 


Trainees must  achieve a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (or C and above for examinations taken prior to 2017) in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics and science.

Equivalency tests will be considered from recognised institutions if GCSEs, or their equivalent,  are not held.

You will need to show on your application that you will obtain these qualifications before the course begins in September.

We currently recommend the following test organisations:


Equivalency Testing 


A Star Teachers


Qualifications in Adult Literacy and Numeracy are not regarded as equivalent to GCSE.

Original certificates of GCSE or equivalents should be produced at interview. If an applicant is awaiting the award of a GCSE or equivalent the certificate of proof of this must be provided no later than 31st August.


A good first degree  


A first degree comprises 300 HE credit points of which 60 must be at a level 6 of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). 

An Honours degree comprises 360 HE credit points of which 90 must be at level 6. 

As two of the modules undertaken for the PGCE are at Master’s level (level 7) it is expected that applicants will typically have at least a 2:2 in their first degree. 


Proof of First Degree

The original certificate of a first degree must be produced at interview. 

Proof of first degree is essential before entry to the ITT course and if degree certification is delayed for any reason, WPSC will seek written confirmation of the degree status from the awarding institution.

If an applicant is awaiting the results of a first degree being completed in the year of application, written proof of this award must be provided no later than 31st July and the original certificate must be seen as soon as it is produced by the awarding institution.

Overseas Qualifications

Applicants with qualifications from overseas are advised to have their qualifications verified by the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) before applying.

You will need to bring the NARIC proof of recognition of their qualifications to any interview.


A pass in both the Literacy and Numeracy Professional Skills Tests


Before booking your Professional Skills Test you need to register with LearnDirect through the Department for Educaton.

You can register before applying for teacher training and don’t need a reference number or Teacher Reference Number (TRN).

However, you can only take the tests after you have applied and you will need to provide evidence of your application when you attend the test centre.

Support for the professional skills tests can be found at;




Wandsworth SCITT and Kingston University offer workshops for those requiring support prior to taking the numeracy skills test. Please call us on 0203 488 2805 for details of the next training being held at Wandsworth SCITT's training suite.

Applicants who have already passed their skills tests at the time of interview will be looked upon favourably. 


Experience with children in primary school (desirable)


Having experience in a primary school before your training year ensures you are making a well-informed decision, based on a sound knowledge of the demands and expectations of the job. 

If you have not yet got this experience, it is highly desirable that you can demonstrate readiness to take this up before joining the course.

It is advised that candidates state clearly on their application form when and where they have arranged to acquire school experience if they have not completed this before submitting their form to UCAS Teacher Training.


Finding a placement for school experience

If you need support to find a placement for school experience please register with Train to Teach to access their School Experience Programme (SEP).

You can book school experience through the SEP portal at one of the participating schools on the database.

Alternatively, contact us directly on 0203 488 2805 to arrange a placement in one of our partner schools.